Common Dog Separation Anxiety Symptoms

Having a dog may sound exciting but it comes with its own share of responsibilities. When one gets a dog, he doesn’t stay an animal and becomes a crucial part of the family. For them, we are the only people, but the same can’t imply with us. Most of us get a dog because we love having them around or we like to have a company while we are at home. Many of us leave alone or with a partner and many times we have to leave our dog alone at home. A few dogs get trained well at the earlier stage only and they adapt to living alone for a few hours, but not all can handle the separation from their owners.

You must have seen that even a trained dog starts braking or urinating when their owners start getting ready to leave the house and this is not common and can be the separation anxiety symptoms. Unfortunately, the majority of pet parents ignore the symptoms and scold the dogs only for not behaving properly, but this can be worse if not treated in time. In case if you are a pet parent, you must know these common dog separation anxiety symptoms.

  • Urinating

This is the most common symptom of separation anxiety. Many dogs, not all, urinate the very moment they realize that their owner is leaving the house. If it is happening on a regular basis, you should look into the matter rather than punishing your dog.

  • Destructing

Many dogs out of rage and anxiety of getting separated by their owners start destructing the things they can find. They will chew upon the things, will destroy other household objects, and can even eat certain things.

  • Howling

Well, barking is common for every dog, but if it is getting accompanied with regular howling then you should get concerned. A dog mostly howls when he is sad or pain, but being a pet parent, you know when your dog is in pain or not. So, it is not in pain and howls right after you leave the home, it is not a good sign.

  • Escaping

When your dog is running away in your presence then he is just a bad dog who wants to take a little enjoyment, but if he only escapes while you are away or have tried to then it is clearly a symptom of separation anxiety.  A dog escapes in the hope that he will find his owner outside and in most of the cases they either get lost or stolen. So, you shouldn’t take chance if this has happened to you twice or more.

  • Pacing

Well, this one is little uncommon. A few dog walk in a pattern which shows that they are in deep stress after being left alone at home. Some walk in the circular pattern and other follow straight pattern walking forward and backward.

So, these are some of the most common dog separation anxiety issues and if your dog has been showing even a couple of these, look into the matter.

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